26 July 2016

Edna Waddell Scholarships in Technology and Engineering – 2016 Scholars

Engineering, IPENZ, Dick

Professors Emeriti Dick and Mary Earle, who made a huge contribution to developing the biotechnology and food technology degrees at Massey University in the 1960s, established the Edna Waddell Scholarships in 2008, to encourage women to study engineering and technology.

The first scholarships were awarded in 2009, and to date 25 young women have been awarded scholarships of $5,000 for their first year of study. The following are this year’s scholars.

Rebecca Lilley went to St Margaret’s College in Christchurch and is enrolled in a BE(Hons) programme at the University of Canterbury. She intends to specialise in mechanical engineering because she is interested in working on projects and developing the technology vital to society’s progression, whilst ensuring the projects/technology is both responsible and sustainable. After graduating, Rebecca hopes to apply her engineering learning to making a tangible difference to the lives of others.

Emily Sopers went to Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Hamilton. She is enrolled in the chemical and biological engineering programme of the BE(Hons) at the University of Waikato. She chose engineering as it gives her the dauntingly exciting prospect to make a difference in the world. Emily plans to become an environmental engineer when she completed her degree. 

Aathira Mohanan Nair attended Westlake Girls High School in Auckland. She is enrolled in the BE(Hons) programme at the University of Auckland University. Currently she is deciding whether to go into mechanical or electrical engineering in 2017. Aathira has sent her sights on working for consulting company when she completes her programme. 

Vidya Vijayakumar went to Taihape Area School and is enrolled in BFoodTech(Hons) at Massey’s Palmerston North campus. Her aim is to complete her programme and obtain a position in a New Zealand food company before moving to world-recognised food company or into producing her own range of food products. She has enjoyed her programme and will encourage students interested in sciences and food to consider doing a food technology programme.